How to make simple syrup

October 19th, 2008 by megan · 3 Comments

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Simple syrup is pretty simple to make. And it’s got about 1000+ uses in the kitchen. Make cocktails with it. Make gelato and sorbets with it. Use it your iced coffee so you don’t have those little bits of sugar at the bottom of your glass. All you really have to remember when you make simple syrup is the ratio of sugar to water: 1 to 1. So no matter how large of a quantity of simple syrup you make, you only need to remember the 1:1 ratio. Say you want to make around a cup of simple syrup. You’d start with a cup of sugar and a cup of water. Need a gallon of the stuff? Start with sixteen cups of sugar (that’s how many cups are in a gallon) and one gallon of water. See? Simple.

You’ll need:
A heavy pot that will hold the amount of simple syrup you want to make


  1. Combine the sugar and the water in your pot. Turn the heat on to medium.
  2. Swirl or stir the pot from time to time, until all of the sugar as been dissolved.
  3. Cool.


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